Any Clevelander will tell you that homegrown rock quartet Uptown Sinclair is a band on the verge.

Any Clevelander will tell you that homegrown rock quartet Uptown Sinclair is a band on the verge. Last year, in the midst of playing nearly every bar/club in Ohio, the group—guitarist Tim Parnin, singer Dave Hill, bassist Bill Watterson, and drummer Rob Pfeiffer—entered a recording studio to lay down a few demos. The guys, who recently played at New York's Mercury Lounge, emerged with eight strong tracks that found their way to new independent D-text. Now that the label has secured distribution with the likes of Big Daddy, expect Uptown Sinclair's swaggering, upbeat pop/rock sensibility to reach far beyond the borders of the Buckeye State. Overflowing with melodic hooks and buoyant harmonies, Uptown Sinclair is as powerful as it is clever. Opening track, "Face Down," is just waiting for a video and MTV airtime, while the bubbly "Girlfriend" recalls the Cars at their most hook-laden. As for "Sentimental," just try not singing along. Who knew summer was arriving early this year?—MP